December 26-30, 2005

Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Melbourne

Australia 355 (Ponting 117, Hussey 122) and 7 for 321 dec (Hayden 137, Symonds 72) beat South Africa 311 (Gibbs 94) and 181 by 184 runs

Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

5th day

Bulletin - Australia wrap up crushing win
Verdict - World beater turned understudy
News - 'Aussies no.1 at appealing' - Broad
News - Langer included in squad for Sydney
Gallery - Australia complete big win

4th day

Bulletin - Symonds and Hayden put Australia on course for win
Verdict - Losing it at the end
News - Ntini doubtful for final Test
News - Langer in line for Sydney comeback
News - Fan ejected from MCG for racial taunt
Quotes - 'It's been a Titanic struggle' - Arthur
Gallery - The Hayden and Symonds show

3rd day

Bulletin - Australia on top after Symonds's strikes
Verdict - Pace versus grit
Quotes - 'Batting at No. 3 is quite nice' - Gibbs
Quotes - 'When I've batted I've been the most nervous' - Symonds
Gallery - Symonds's strikes clean up South Africa

2nd day

Bulletin - Hussey special gives Australia the upper hand
Verdict - Australia's new barnstormer
Quotes - 'It's going to be a day of absorbing the pressure' - Arthur
Roving Reporter - MCG's makeover
Gallery - Hussey to the fore

1st day
Bulletin - Nel devastates after Ponting's 117
Verdict - Brittle middle foils Ponting's plan
Quotes - 'I wanted to end myself at lunchtime' - Nel
Play of the day - Hodge gets rousing welcome
News - Heritage listing for MCG
Gallery - Nel spoils Ponting's party

Preview package

Preview - Thrilling contest on the cards
News - Kallis and MacGill push for places
Stats - Aussies aim for straight seven